PASADENA, Md. -
Accompanied by a friend, the 14-year-old girl says she came to visit some young men at this house on 207th street in Pasadena.
But when one of the men invited her into a bedroom claiming he wanted to talk to her, it's alleged three others would follow and a gang rape ensued.
"The initial incident was reported to us back on January 20th. It was a reported sexual assault of a 14-year old victim," said Justin Mulcahy of the Anne Arundel County Police Department.
Even though the alleged victim went to a hospital within 24 hours and incriminating DNA samples were produced, Mulcahy says the reason for the lengthy delays before charges could be brought against three Pasadena men lies, in part, with the victim.
"Many times victims are not forthcoming with law enforcement early on,” said Mulcahy, “You can understand that. Certainly in this case you're dealing with a vulnerable child if you will, a 14-year old, but it takes a lot to go into these types of cases. In this particular instance it took six months to come to charges."
The nature of the attack and threats by the suspects may also have weighed heavily upon the victim who is a Northeast High School student.
According to charging documents, someone forcibly held her down by her arms while others attacked her and they told her not to call police because they quote---"got a lot of people," implying someone would make her pay for it, if she talked.
Ultimately, forensic evidence and social media would lead to charges and indictments of three men---20 -year old Dell Hamlin, Bernard Jones and 19-year old Raheem Willis on a series of counts including first degree rape, assault and false imprisonment.
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